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July 1, 2009

NEBASE Closure

Yesterday was NEBASE’s last official day as an OCLC network and this will be the closing post to N3.

The Nebraska Library Commission would like to thank NEBASE members for their support over the last 33 years. We would like to thank those who served as our representatives to Users and Members Council, those who served on the NEBASE Advisory Council, and past and present NEBASE staff.

Remember, your final NEBASE billing for June will be sent by us around the middle of July. Future invoices for OCLC products and services (except for CatExpress, WebDewey, and NetLibrary) will come from BCR.

Christa Burns will continue to coordinate group purchases of CatExpress, WebDewey, and NetLibrary.

For all other OCLC products and services as well as technical support, you will need to contact:

  • Ordering, renewals, billing—When you contact BCR, 1-800-397-1552 or support@bcr.org, you will talk with Chris Cook, Ellie Nowicki, or Marisa Wood.

  • BCR Communications regarding OCLC—Check out BCR’s News page to subscribe to their newsletter, sign up for RSS feeds, and find other timely information.

  • Technical support—You will call OCLC Support, 1-800-848-5800, or support@oclc.org

  • Training opportunities—Check out BCR’s Continuing Education & Training page and OCLC’s Training Portal for listings from all Partners.

Since there will no longer be a “network” at the Library Commission and our programs have expanded greatly over the years, the name of our department, Network Services, has changed to Technology and Access Services (TechAccess for short).

Please be sure to check out future TechAccess activities on the Library Commission’s NCompass Blog.

 

June 2, 2009

OCLC Customer Support

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News   Resource Sharing   Technical Services   Training  

As OCLC, NEBASE and BCR continue to work in partnership on behalf of OCLC member libraries, we would like to remind you about some important changes with regard to how your library will access support for OCLC products and services.

Beginning July 1, 2009, OCLC members will contact OCLC Customer Support for all questions related to support for OCLC products and services.

OCLC’s teams of support professionals are available 14 hours a day, Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central Time, to assist you with your needs. These dedicated individuals will provide answers and information to help your library maximize the value of your membership and use of OCLC products and services. In addition to product support specialists, the OCLC Customer Support organization is also comprised of a specialized team of librarians focused on providing consultative and workflow support tied to the use and satisfaction of OCLC products and services.

The Nebraska Library Commission is the administrator of the CatExpress and WebDewey groups, and will remain so, even after BCR becomes the OCLC network for Nebraska. As the administrator of the CatExpress and WebDewey groups, the Nebraska Library Commission will continue maintaining the groups – adding new members, updating existing members, etc. Also, the Nebraska Library Commission will continue as the billing agent for your CatExpress and WebDewey groups.

After July 1, 2009, BCR will provide billing and ordering assistance to your library for all other OCLC products and services. BCR will also assist OCLC in keeping member libraries informed by communicating updates, enhancements, new product offerings, research, membership reports and other important information on OCLC member benefits.

  • After July 1, 2009, for all questions related to support for OCLC products and services, contact OCLC Customer Support, by telephone 1-800-848-5800 or e-mail support@oclc.org
  • After July 1, 2009, for CatExpress and WebDewey billing and ordering assistance, contact Christa Burns at the Nebraska Library Commission - 1-800-307-2665, 1-402-471-3107 or e-mail
  • After July 1, 2009, for other OCLC billing and ordering assistance, contact BCR via e-mail at support@bcr.org or by telephone at 1-800-397-1552 and ask for support
  • To contact NEBASE about these changes, call Christa Burns, 1-800-307-2665, 1-402-471-3107 or e-mail
 

May 22, 2009

NEBASE, BCR & OCLC: The Future of OCLC Services in Nebraska

Entry Categories: NEBASE  

In October 2008, we announced that the Nebraska Library Commission’s NEBASE department would cease to exist as an OCLC network as of July 1, 2009. Earlier this spring we updated you with more details about the change, announcing that Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be transferred to another OCLC network, BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research), for their OCLC billing, ordering and training.

NEBASE will be holding 4 online sessions in June to provide you with additional information about this transition.

Join Christa Burns, NEBASE OCLC Member Services Coordinator, as she explains what’s happening with NEBASE, BCR, and OCLC, and what it means to Nebraska Libraries.

Thursday, June 4 - 2:00-3:00pm Central Time
Tuesday, June 9 - 10:00-11:00am Central Time
Monday, June 15 - 2:00-3:00pm Central Time
Friday, June 19 - 10:00-11:00am Central Time

All sessions will be recorded for anyone who cannot attend the live online events.

 

March 11, 2009

NEBASE Members to Transition to BCR

As announced previously, the Nebraska Library Commission’s NEBASE department will cease to exist as an OCLC network in July 2009. Under OCLC’s new Partner structure, OCLC member libraries may go to any OCLC partner or directly to OCLC for billing, ordering and training.

After talks with several OCLC networks, consultation with the NEBASE Advisory Council and much consideration, we have made the recommendation to transfer Nebraska OCLC libraries to BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) for the initial transition in billing, renewals and ordering. At any time after August 1st, libraries may request to be transferred to another OCLC Partner or go directly to OCLC.

BCR, founded in 1935 and headquartered in Aurora, Colorado, has been a provider of OCLC products and services since 1976 and will continue to be an OCLC Partner for billing, marketing and training. OCLC member libraries using BCR’s services currently are found in Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For more information about BCR, visit http://www.BCR.org.

Staff from Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be able to attend BCR’s OCLC training—online or in-person at any location—at BCR member pricing. Libraries may learn about OCLC training opportunities through BCR’s training calendar or through a new national training calendar that OCLC will host starting in July 2009.

Under the new Partner system, Nebraska OCLC member libraries will be billed for OCLC cataloging subscriptions, ILL subscriptions, etc., without any added network administrative or membership fees. Price quotes for the coming fiscal year will be issued next week.

NEBASE will continue to handle invoicing through the June 2009 activity (invoices sent in July). Renewals, ordering, training and technical support will continue through June 30, 2009. Effective with your July invoices (sent in August 2009), your invoices will come from BCR. As of July 1, 2009, all technical support calls should go directly to OCLC (1-800-848-5800) and BCR will provide billing support assistance.

The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to coordinate CatExpress and WebDewey group purchases. NLC will also continue to provide access to statewide database subscriptions through NebraskAccess. And NLC will continue to negotiate vendor discounts and purchasing of other electronic resources for Nebraska libraries individually or in groups.

If you have questions about the transition, please contact Christa Burns, 471-3107 or 800-307-2665, or Devra Dragos, 471-4335 or 800-307-2665.

 

November 12, 2008

NEBASE Hour for December: Cataloging with CatExpress

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   NEBASE   Technical Services  

The NEBASE Hour for December 2008 is "Cataloging with CatExpress".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for December 2008: Cataloging with CatExpress

December 3, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: December 1

OCLC CatExpress provides copy cataloging with limited editing capabilities at a low, flat-fee subscription price. With CatExpress, your library can search WorldCat, set and delete holdings, enter information in optional data fields, print labels, retrieve MARC records for loading into your local system, and track your library's usage with the Monthly Transaction Reports.

Attend this session to see a live demonstration of this easy to use, web-based interface to OCLC's WorldCat. And hear about the special NEBASE offer of a free trial month of the OCLC CatExpress service to new subscribers.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

October 14, 2008

OCLC and NEBASE's future

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News  

This following e-mail went out on NEBASE-L and CatExpress-L on October 10, 2008.

As some of you may already be aware, OCLC has decided to make major changes in its relationships with both its members and the existing networks. At a special meeting of network directors, OCLC revealed its new Partner Program and timeline. Under the program networks may submit proposals to become Partners within the limits of three basic levels: Billing, Marketing, and Training. All telephone and e-mail support of OCLC’s products and services will be taken over by an OCLC Support Center. The changes will take effect July 1, 2009.


What does this mean for NEBASE?

OCLC’s requirements and expectations are high for each Partner level, but the compensation for our small network would be much lower than what we currently receive. Therefore, after reviewing OCLC’s requirements and crunching the numbers, we have determined that it wouldn’t be financially sustainable for NEBASE to pursue a partnership with OCLC at any of the proposed levels.

NEBASE staff will continue to handle your OCLC renewals, ordering, billing, support, and training through June 30, 2009.


What does this mean for NEBASE members?

NEBASE members will have the option to go directly to OCLC for billing, ordering, etc., or they may go through a Partner. If Nebraska libraries choose to go through a Partner rather than OCLC, there will be no membership fees or additional costs charged by the Partner above the OCLC pricing with the exception of training registration fees. As we do not know yet which of the other existing networks will be OCLC Partners, at this time we cannot make recommendations to our members as to what will be their best option. When we have more information, we will pass it along.

After July 1, 2009, if Nebraska libraries wish to participate in group discount purchases of OCLC products such as CatExpress or WebDewey, the Nebraska Library Commission will handle the coordination of such purchases as it would with any other vendor.

Elections will not be held as usual in the spring of 2009 for NEBASE Advisory Council; the current members will continue to serve through June 30, 2009.


If you would like more details about OCLC’s Partner Program, feel free to contact Devra Dragos, or Christa Burns. Or, if you are attending the NLA/NEMA Conference in Lincoln next week, look us up at the Nebraska Library Commission booth.

 

August 18, 2008

Video from NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

For those of you who weren't there, or for those of you who just couldn't get enough of our presentations, videos from NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008 are now available on Blip.tv.

Welcome to the New WebJunction: Michael Porter

Participating in the Creative Commons: Michael Sauers

How are You Accessing WorldCat.org?: Allana Novotny

Next Generation Cataloging: Renee Register
 

July 22, 2008

Join us for the NEBASE Annual Meeting 2008

You're invited to join us for the NEBASE Annual Meeting on Tuesday, August 12 at the Cornhusker in Lincoln.

View the full agenda and register online

Library staff and media specialists are all invited to attend. We hope to see you in Lincoln on August 12th!

--- AGENDA ---

Keynote : From Science Fiction to Library Science: Info, Interface, Technology and Your Libraries' Future - Michael Porter, Interactive Strategy Manager, Web Junction

Many of the things we have read about and seen in science fiction related to libraries and information access are rapidly becoming library science fact. We’ll look at several examples of opportunities, realities, challenges and potentials for the library in a rapidly evolving technological and competitive environment.

Next Generation Cataloging - Renee Register, OCLC Global Product Manager, Cataloging and Metadata Services

OCLC has launched the Next Generation Cataloging and Metadata service pilot project. It will explore the viability of capturing ONIX metadata upstream from publishers and vendors and enhancing that metadata in WorldCat. A variety of academic and public libraries, publishers and vendors will participate in the pilot. The pilot will provide a way to store, enhance and normalize publisher metadata for the benefit of both library and publishing communities. Librarians will be involved in raising the quality of metadata in the marketplace where they select and purchase materials.

The New WebJunction: You Connect, You Create and You Learn - Michael Porter, Interactive Strategy Manager, Web Junction

In summer of 2008, at the very same time this meeting is getting underway, WebJunction is launching a very fresh, greatly expanded and amazingly practical new site. A site full of familiar, new and unique tools designed specifically for library professionals. Use the new WebJunction to connect, create and learn about content, about colleagues, and about anything you need to be involved with in Libraryland. At the individual, group and network level WebJunction has valuable and exciting tools and opportunities for you to use right now. And for free!

Creative Commons: A Copyright Alternative - Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

With the debate over copyright raging, with some calling for the end of the "all rights reserved" regime, and libraries feeling like they’re caught in the middle, just what are the alternatives? CC is the most respected alternative available today with its idea of "some rights reserved" as set by the content creators themselves. Sauers talks about the principles of Creative Commons, shows how you can easily apply it to your intellectual property today, and how you can use CC to find material that you can legally reuse in the creation of new content.

Break Out Sessions (Choose one)

Session 1 - NetLibrary Subject Sets: The Quick Way to Build Your eBook Collection - Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, NEBASE, Nebraska Library Commission

NetLibrary® Subject Sets are a simple and economical way to enhance, replace or start your eBook collection with authoritative frontlist titles. eBook Subject Sets are available for all library types and cover a wide range of subject areas relevant to your library users' interests and requirements. Learn about the collections available and how your library can benefit from these pre-selected eBook sets.

Session 2 - How Are You Accessing WorldCat.org? - Allana Novotny, Network Services Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

As WorldCat.org continues to grow and develop there are more and more ways to easily search the database. Learn how you and your patrons can easily access this service from your website, Facebook or web browser.

 

May 1, 2008

NEBASE Hour for May: Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for May 2008 is "Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for May 2008: Loads of Options: OCLC Batch Processing

May 7, 2008 - 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: May 6

Do you need to bring your holdings up-to-date in WorldCat? Would you like to make your collection more visible - increasing user access and circulation of materials? Do you have a backlog or special cataloging project that needs to be added to WorldCat? Would you like to save time and money, and free your staff up for other projects?

Whether you want to add holdings to WorldCat for the first time or keep your collection information up to date, OCLC Batch Processing helps you add large numbers of holdings and records to WorldCat more efficiently. Use it to maintain your holdings and receive MARC records offline.

Attend this session to learn about all of the Batch Processing options and how to get started with your own project.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

March 12, 2008

NEBASE Hour for April: OCLC Online Service Center

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for April 2008 is the "OCLC Online Service Center".

Please note that this is a rescheduling of the March NEBASE Hour, which was canceled due to illness.

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for April 2008: OCLC Online Service Center

April 2, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: March 31

The OCLC Online Service Center is the convenient way for you to purchase various OCLC products and services and manage your OCLC account information. The Web-based Online Service Center was designed to save you time and effort, which in turn saves your library money. Attend this session to learn how to use this secure, Web-based tool to order OCLC products and services as well as view, update and manage your OCLC account information.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

February 19, 2008

NEBASE Hour for March: OCLC Online Service Center

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for March 2008 is "OCLC Online Service Center".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for March 2008: OCLC Online Service Center

March 5, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: March 3

The OCLC Online Service Center is the convenient way for you to purchase various OCLC products and services and manage your OCLC account information. The Web-based Online Service Center was designed to save you time and effort, which in turn saves your library money. Attend this session to learn how to use this secure, Web-based tool to order OCLC products and services as well as view, update and manage your OCLC account information.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone

 

January 4, 2008

NLC Web Sites Down Saturday January 5th

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

All Nebraska Library Commission web sites, including NebraskAccess and Nebraska Memories, will be down for 10-12 hours on Saturday, January 5th, beginning at 6am.

This power outage is due to electrical work being done in the Atrium building and affects all NLC web sites. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your own services.

1. If your library links directly to the database resources from your own library web site, and does not go through or login via the NebraskAccess web site, the power outage will NOT affect your use of the resources.

2. Libraries that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to the databases can use direct links and passwords during the outage. If your library has IP access, you will not need the usernames and passwords from within the library.

3. For those libraries and patrons that use the NebraskAccess web site to link to and login to the databases, you may use the direct links to login to select resources during this time.

A message with the direct database links and passwords has been sent to all Nebraska Library Commission mailing lists. If you did not receive this message, please contact the Reference Desk for the information at 800-307-2665 or 402-471-4016. Please note that the Commission closes at 5:00pm tonight.

 

December 13, 2007

NEBASE Hour for January: Who Are You? Evaluate Your Library Holdings with WorldCat Collection Analysis

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Resource Sharing   Technical Services   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for January 2008 is "Who Are You? Evaluate Your Library Holdings with WorldCat Collection Analysis".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for January 2008: Who Are You? Evaluate Your Library Holdings with WorldCat Collection Analysis

January 9, 2008- 10:00am-11:00am (Central Time) Registration Deadline: January 7

To make the most of your library’s acquisitions budget, you need precise data that reveals your library's subject-matter strengths, gaps, and overlaps. WorldCat Collection Analysis is a Web-based service that provides analysis and comparison of library collections based on holdings information contained in the WorldCat database.

Attend this session to learn how you can:

  • Evaluate your library’s collections thru peer comparisons
  • Use the new Circulation Analysis to see how your collection is being used
  • Use the ILL analysis tools to evaluate your borrowing and lending activities
  • Produce detailed reports with spreadsheets and graphs

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

November 28, 2007

NEBASE Hour for December: eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for December 2007 is "eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for December 2007: eSerials Holdings Service: Increase the Visibility of Your eSerials

December 5, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: December 3

Tired of trying to maintain an ever-changing list of eSerials holdings? Looking for ways to automatically set and maintain your library’s eSerials holdings in WorldCat? The OCLC eSerials Holdings service has what you need!

Attend this session to learn how your library can:

  • Make your electronic content more visible and accessible - without adding to your cataloging workload
  • Automate setting and maintaining your library’s location holdings in WorldCat
  • Increase the value of your investment in A-Z lists, OpenURL resolver, WorldCat, and WorldCat Collection Analysis
  • Increase usage of your electronic serials collection
  • Automatically control and/or deflect ILL requests from colleagues in the OCLC cooperative
  • Get started using the eSerials Holdings service - available at no charge to OCLC member libraries

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

October 12, 2007

NEBASE Hour for November: WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for November 2007 is "WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for November 2007: WebJunction: Resource for Rural Libraries

November 7, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: November 5

WebJunction is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses - and have fun! If you have not looked at the offerings at Web Junction lately, it's time to take a look. WebJunction provides resources and training specifically for rural and small libraries covering advocacy, funding, outreach and technology. Attend this session to learn what your colleagues across the country are doing to bring library services to their rural and small communities.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

September 21, 2007

NEBASE Hour for October: OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for October 2007 is "OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling conflicts, this NEBASE Hour is being held on the SECOND Wednesday of the month, not the first Wednesday of the month, when previous NEBASE Hours have been held.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for October 2007: OCLC Language Sets: Prepare for the Multilingual World

October 10, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: October 8

OCLC Language Sets is an easy and inexpensive way to build your multilingual collections with fiction and non-fiction books, videos and DVDs. Language Sets offers pre-selected sets of current popular materials in 14 languages - Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. The Custom Collection option lets you design a collection based on your library users’ specific needs.

You receive the most current and popular titles, full-level MARC records for each title, plus free shipping and cataloging. Your new holdings are added to the WorldCat database of shared records from libraries around the world, which means your users will be able to find library materials on the Web through familiar sites such as Yahoo! Search and Google. Language-specific posters and bookmarks are included to help you promote your non-English resources.

Libraries who wish to order Language Sets do not have to be members of OCLC. The sets are available to both OCLC member and nonmember libraries.

Attend this session to see an overview of Language Set content, delivery options, pricing and information about how you can create your own custom collections.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

August 30, 2007

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2007 - West: Do you know where your patrons are? Exploring new spaces at your library!

Entry Categories: NEBASE  

Join us for the NEBASE Annual Meeting West in Scottsbluff on Thursday, October 4th at the Harms Advanced Technology Center.

This year's meeting theme is: Do you know where your patrons are? Exploring new spaces at your library!

Topics for this year's meeting include:

  • Gaming in the Library
  • Teen Spaces
  • Instant Messaging: Trends & Practice
  • Web Junction: Resource for Rural Libraries

A gaming room will be available throughout the meeting.

All library staff and media specialists are invited to attend. We hope to see you in Scottsbluff on October 4th.

You can view the agenda and register online.

 

August 17, 2007

NEBASE Hour for September: WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Reference   Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for September 2007 is "WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for September 2007: WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results

September 5, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: September 3

OCLC is piloting its new WorldCat Local service that will allow your library to customize WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. WorldCat Local interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to present a locally branded interface to your patrons. Attend this session to learn how this new service works and to see the beta being run at the University of Washington Libraries.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

July 31, 2007

See WorldCat Local at the NEBASE Annual Meeting 2007

Entry Categories: NEBASE  

Come to the NEBASE Annual Meeting on August 9 to see the WorldCat Local beta being run at the University of Washington Libraries.

OCLC Update and WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results - OCLC is piloting its new WorldCat Local service that will allow your library to customize WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. WorldCat Local interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to present a locally branded interface to your patrons.

Topics for this year's meeting include:

  • A Gaming Panel
  • Social Networking: The Intersection between Content, Collaboration & Community
  • MySpace is Your Library’s Space: Reference, Programming and Promotion
  • CONTENTdm & OCLC Digitization: How to Move Your Historical Newspapers to the Web with Nebraska Memories
  • OCLC Update and WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results
Register for the NEBASE Annual Meeting: Do you know where your patrons are? Exploring new spaces at your library! in our Training Portal.
 

July 18, 2007

NEBASE Hour for August: Connexion Client v. 2.00 Enhancements

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Technical Services   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for August 2007 is "Connexion Client v. 2.00 Enhancements".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for August 2007: Connexion Client v. 2.00 Enhancements

August 1, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) Registration Deadline: July 30

Would you like to learn more about the recent enhancements to the Connexion Client? Version 2.00 of the client was released on June 26, 2007. With client 2.00, you are able to:

  • Export bibliographic records in Dublin Core
  • Use Connexion client under Windows Vista
  • Specify to display the toolbar on one or two rows and view shorter menu lists
  • Use RLG bibliographic institution records (IRs)
  • ...and more!

See the Recent Enhancements page on the Connexion web site for additional information.

NOTE: This session covers the new enhancements only. Participants should have some previous experience with the Connexion client interface. The OCLC Connexion client is only available to OCLC full-cataloging institutions. >** This workshop is not appropriate for CatExpress users - the Connexion Client interface is not available to CatExpress users. **

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission, at no cost to you, by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

Play Games at the NEBASE Annual Meeting 2007

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Want to try out some of the games that can bring new users into your library?

Come to the NEBASE Annual Meeting on August 9 and play them yourself! We will have a gaming room set up throughout the meeting with:

Wii Sports - Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Bowling and Boxing
Dance Dance Revolution - PlayStation 2
Guitar Hero II - Xbox 360

Come play with us!

Topics for this year's meeting include:

  • A Gaming Panel
  • Social Networking: The Intersection between Content, Collaboration & Community
  • MySpace is Your Library’s Space: Reference, Programming and Promotion
  • CONTENTdm & OCLC Digitization: How to Move Your Historical Newspapers to the Web with Nebraska Memories
  • OCLC Update and WorldCat Local: Global Network, Local Results
Register for the NEBASE Annual Meeting: Do you know where your patrons are? Exploring new spaces at your library! in our Training Portal.
 

June 28, 2007

NEBASE Annual Meeting 2007 : Do you know where your patrons are? Exploring new spaces at your library

Entry Categories: NEBASE  

The NEBASE Annual Meeting has been scheduled for August 9 at the Cornhusker Merriott Hotel in Lincoln. Topics for this year's meeting include

  • A Gaming Panel
  • Social Networking: The Intersection between Content, Collaboration & Community
  • MySpace is Your Library’s Space
  • CONTENTdm & OCLC Digitization: How to Move Your Historical Newspapers to the Web with Nebraska Memories
  • OCLC Update and WorldCat Local: The Intersection between Content, Collaboration & Community
A gaming room will be available throughout most of the meeting.

To register go to: /scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=7878

 

May 8, 2007

NEBASE Hour for June: Track Your Activity with OCLC Usage Statistics

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Reference   Resource Sharing  

The NEBASE Hour for June 2007 is "Track Your Activity with OCLC Usage Statistics".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for June 2007: Track Your Activity with OCLC Usage Statistics

June 6, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) * Registration Deadline: June 4 *

The OCLC Usage Statistics web site provides statistics on your library’s FirstSearch, Resource Sharing, Cataloging, and Open WorldCat activity. These reports are available to OCLC libraries at no extra charge.

Attend this session to learn how to use the updated and enhanced interface to analyze and interpret your library’s OCLC usage patterns.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

April 25, 2007

Vendor Day May 1st

Interested in hearing the latest from a cross section of library vendors? Come to Vendor Day on Tuesday, May 1st at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. There is no registration fee for library staff and media specialists for this day's event so you can come learn about new products and have a great lunch at NO cost to you or your library. We do ask that you register for Vendor Day so we can keep a head count for sessions and meals. Lunch is complimentary for all library staff and media specialists attending Vendor Day.

To register visit the Vendor Day registration page.

We have added two additional technical sessions to this year's vendor day.

Second Life - One of the central tenants of Library 2.0 is "go to where the users are". The online, 3D virtual world Second Life has more than 1.5 million residents all potentially needing the services that a library can provide. This session, presented by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will introduce attendees to the both the world of Second Life and to the Second Life Library 2.0 project and the services that it offers.

Tech Terms - Do you know what podcasting is? Or phishing and malware? If you’re not familiar with Wikis, RSS feeds, or BitTorrent, you will soon be hearing about them from your patrons. This presentation by Michael Sauers of the Nebraska Library Commission will help you be more comfortable talking with your patrons about their technology needs.

In addition to these we will have presentations from the following library vendors:

3M
Wilson
Tutor.com
EBSCO
OCLC
NEBASE
Polaris
AWE
Serials Solutions
Index Data


AWE - The Early Literacy Station is a premiere all-in-one learning system that is targeted for pre-schoolers through third graders. This self-contained system crosses seven curricular areas and includes 33 educational software packages that are top-rated by Children’s Software Review. It has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration and is ready to use right out of the box.

CSA Illustrata
Introducing the most important and innovative indexing advancement in over 30 years, CSA Illustrata provides web-based access to indexed tables, figures, maps, graphs, charts and other images contained in scholarly articles. This unique tool provides researchers precision, efficiency, and relevance in the data discovery process.

EBSCO Session #1
The changing landscape of librarianship demands a wide selection of approaches to promote library resources. Our offerings will help librarians reach out to customers, e.g., faculty, communities, students, managers, and administrators. Ideas will be presented on marketing your library, funding guides and much more. Introduction to the latest new EBSCO databases will also be included.

EBSCO Session #2
Connecting Users with Electronic Resources
Can your users easily identify and efficiently use all of your various electronic resources? Learn how EBSCO's integrated services can link users from bibliographic resources to all of your e-journals and e-books, regardless of vendor. E-resource access and linking will be demonstrated using EBSCO A-to-Z, LinkSource, EBCSOhost Research Databases, and EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service (EJS).

Follett Software Company Destiny Resource Manager
For more than 20 years, Follett Software Company has been the leading provider of integrated applications that centralize the management of K-12 resources, including Library materials, Textbooks, Media, and other learning materials. Our innovative, browser-based technology helps schools and districts achieve their goals, reduce costs and redirect savings toward instruction. We invite you to learn about our vision and the strategic partnerships that help enhance the educational process and impact student achievement through leading-edge solutions.

Index Data

Attendees will see a demonstration of Index Data's new hosted metasearch service. Called MasterKey, it represents a new approach to metasearching and has the following performance characteristics:

Very simple and easy to use
Searches hundreds of databases instantly
Merges duplicate titles and sorts across all databases
Relevance ranks, merges & displays over 2000 records/sec
Performs faceted search limiting with a single click
Participants will discover why Index Data is offering this service without cost to any library for searching open content resources as well as the modest fees for also using this service to search commercial databases and library catalogs. YakPac, Index Data's kids catalog front end with built-in chat functionality and other patron communication features will be addressed as time allows.

NetLibrary
Attend this session presented by OCLC Library Services Consultant, Doug van der Zee and learn the latest on NetLibrary. Areas covered will be an update on the number of publishers, titles and collection development options. Also learn about the new interface and products including eAudioBooks. Doug will discuss the new eAudiobook business model and publisher partners.

OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners
Is your library faced with cataloging challenges and a limited budget? OCLC WorldCat Cataloging Partners can help. The OCLC PromptCat service and Cataloging Partners program are being combined and reborn as WorldCat Cataloging Partners. WorldCat Cataloging Partners offers three levels of service - automated copy cataloging, 100% record delivery, and customized record delivery. Attend this session to learn more about this new cost effective cataloging service.

Polaris Integrated Library System
Today’s libraries are looking for better ways to serve their patrons and streamline staff workflow. And that’s precisely what we do at Polaris. As a forward-thinking library automation company, our goal is to keep you at the leading edge of technology, helping you to maximize resources, reduce costs and improve patron satisfaction. Polaris signed over 50 contracts to libraries last year including Plattsmouth here in Nebraska. If you have outgrown your current system, being forced to migrate to something different than you want or just looking for other options, Please join us for an introduction to Polaris and an interactive demonstration of our Polaris Integrated Library System (ILS).

Tutor.com
Live Homework Help is a subscription-based, one-to-one online tutoring service connecting kids to qualified tutors from any Internet-enabled computer. English and Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Kids, parents and teachers connect to online tutors through your web site during the hours you choose — seven days a week. Students can use Live Homework Help as often as they need help

Wilson
New Products from an Old Friend
The H.W. Wilson Company, serving libraries for over 110 years, continues to serve up fresh and exciting databases, and offers some new access opportunities to its classic research tools . From art images to current events, collection development to in-depth biographies, learn and see how the H.W. Wilson Company can add depth and dimension to your online services.

Please register and make your lunch choices. There is no charge to attend and lunch is complimentary. We hope to see you there on Tuesday, May 1st.

 

April 18, 2007

OCLC Board launches Governance Study

Entry Categories: NEBASE   OCLC News  

The OCLC Board of Trustees has appointed a special Governance Study Committee to conduct a study of OCLC’s governance structure. The Board will also retain a consulting firm to assist the committee in the study.

“As OCLC becomes an increasingly global cooperative, we need to adjust our governance to ensure representation and participation by our members around the world,” said Lizabeth Wilson, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington. “This study will review and evaluate current and alternative governance forms for OCLC. The Committee will recommend a governance structure appropriate to the roles that OCLC is expected to carry out in the next decade.”

The Chair of the Governance Study Committee is William J. Crowe, Spencer Librarian, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. Members of the committee are: Brad Baker, Dean of Libraries and Learning Resources, Northeastern Illinois University; Berndt Dugall, Director/Librarian, University of Frankfurt, Germany; Barbara A. B. Gubbin, Director, Jacksonville Public Library, Florida; Vickie Hanawalt, College Librarian, Reed College Library; Marshall Keys, Nantucket, Massachusetts; Loretta Parham, Library Director/CEO, The Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Jane Ryland, Membership Consultant, Internet2; and Sandy Yee, Dean of Libraries, Wayne State University. George Needham, Vice President, Member Services, OCLC, is the OCLC staff liaison.

“The governance study is on a fast track,” said Mr. Crowe. “Our goal is to submit recommendations to the Board in November 2007. The Board will then forward to the Members Council any proposed changes to the governance. The Council will discuss them at its February 2008 meeting and act on them at the May meeting, with any modifications to take effect on July 1, 2008.”

OCLC’s present governance structure, which was adopted in 1977 and last modified in 2001, consists of Governing Members, Members Council and the Board of Trustees. Governing Members are those institutions that contribute all their current cataloging to the WorldCat database. As of February 28, 2007, there were 9,702 Governing Members.

There are now 13 Members Council delegates elected from outside the United States. In fiscal 2006, revenues from non-U.S. operations were 22 percent of total revenues of $208.4 million, compared with 9 percent of total revenues in 2000, when OCLC’s governance was last reviewed.
In the past three years, OCLC has processed approximately 22 million records from non-U.S. libraries for loading into WorldCat and is scheduled to process some 70 million additional records in the coming year. Most of these records are being added through agreements with national libraries.

Governing members elect 66 delegates to the OCLC Members Council. Currently, the apportionment of delegates among networks and service centers is based on cataloging and resource sharing activity. The Members Council meets three times a year to provide advice and counsel to OCLC; its principal governance responsibilities are to elect six members of the OCLC Board of Trustees and to ratify changes in the articles of incorporation and code of regulations of OCLC.

The 15-member OCLC Board of Trustees has fiduciary and policy-setting responsibility for the corporation. Six trustees are elected by the Members Council, eight are elected by the board itself, and the president and chief executive officer of OCLC serves as a trustee by virtue of the office. Three of the eight trustees elected by the board must be members of the library profession.

-from OCLC

 

April 17, 2007

OCLC to Pilot WorldCat Local

Entry Categories: Cataloging   E-Resources   NEBASE   Resource Sharing   Technical Services  

OCLC is piloting a new service that will allow libraries to combine the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to customize WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services.

The WorldCat Local pilot builds on WorldCat.org, which allows Web access to the world's richest database for discovery of materials held in libraries. Through a locally branded interface, the service will provide libraries the ability to search the entire WorldCat database and present results beginning with items most accessible to the patron. These might include collections from the home library, collections shared in a consortium, and open access collections.

WorldCat Local will offer the same feature set as WorldCat.org, such as a single search box, relevancy ranking of search results, result sets that bring multiple versions of a work together under one record, faceted browse capability, citation formatting options, cover art and additional evaluative content.

The WorldCat Local service interoperates with locally maintained services like circulation, resource sharing and resolution to full text to create a seamless experience for the end user. WorldCat Local will also include future enhancements to WorldCat.org including more than 30 million article citations, and social networking services.

"WorldCat Local offers OCLC member institutions a way to leverage the ongoing investments that OCLC is making in WorldCat.org, within their local environment," said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. "As we add new features to WorldCat.org--and as OCLC member libraries add new content to WorldCat--those features and that content will also become available within WorldCat Local."

The WorldCat Local pilot will test new functionality that allows users to place requests, gain online access, or request an interlibrary loan within WorldCat.org.

Libraries and groups participating in the WorldCat Local pilot include:

University of Washington
Peninsula Library System in California
Libraries in Illinois, including:
University of Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Glenside Public Library District
CCS (Cooperative Computer Services) Consortium
Lincoln Library
Illinois State Museum
Illinois State Library
Hoopeston Public Library
Northeastern Illinois University
Mattoon Public Library
Champaign Central High School
Williamsville Senior High School

The University of Washington Libraries will be first to pilot WorldCat Local with OCLC in April. Other institutions will follow. OCLC will examine results of the pilot to determine a production schedule.

Bill Jordan, Associate Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington, said the University of Washington Libraries "has purchased or licensed an amazing number of high-quality information resources for our users, but we've hidden them in multiple silos with little or no integration between them. Our job is to take those quality resources and make them convenient for the user to find and use--to make quality convenient. WorldCat Local appeals to me as a platform that I can use to address those strategic concerns."

"With WorldCat Local, we get enhanced search and display capabilities like faceted browse, FRBR-ized results sets, and enhanced content like reviews and article metadata," said Mr. Jordan. "We bring together all our fulfillment options--electronic, locally held, consortial, and remote--into one interface that still leverages all the 'delivery smarts' that are built into our local and consortial systems. With the addition of article metadata, we begin to see the breakdown of our discovery silos by the aggregation of indexing for book and article content."

"Finally, WorldCat Local provides a syndication platform so that we can meet users at their point of need," said Mr. Jordan. "We have to complete the discovery-to-delivery chain no matter where the user starts out. It's here, in syndication, that OCLC is uniquely positioned to work with Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google on behalf of libraries in a way that nobody else really can."

OCLC will test interoperability with systems used by participating pilot libraries, including Innovative Interfaces, SirsiDynix, and ExLibris Voyager.

 

April 13, 2007

NEBASE Hour for May: Cataloging with CatExpress

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for May 2007 is "Cataloging with CatExpress".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for May 2007: Cataloging with CatExpress

May 2, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) * Registration Deadline: April 30 *

OCLC CatExpress provides copy cataloging with limited editing capabilities at a low, flat-fee subscription price. With CatExpress, your library can search WorldCat, set and delete holdings, enter information in optional data fields, print labels, retrieve MARC records for loading into your local system, and track your library's usage with the Monthly Transaction Reports.

Attend this session to see a live demonstration of this easy to use, web-based interface to OCLC's WorldCat. And hear about the special NEBASE offer of a free trial month of the OCLC CatExpress service to new subscribers.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

March 16, 2007

Join the NEBASE Dewey Group Purchase

Entry Categories: Cataloging   Discounts   NEBASE  

Save money on the print and web versions of the DDC!

PLEASE NOTE: Libraries who wish to order any Dewey product do not have to be members of OCLC. Any library can subscribe – Dewey products are available to both OCLC member and non-member libraries.

Dewey in Print

The NEBASE Dewey Group includes the print versions of the Abridged Edition 14 of the Dewey Decimal Classification and the 22nd edition of the unabridged Dewey Decimal Classification.

OCLC is offering 10% off of the original price on the DDC 22 and Abridged Edition 14 in print.

If your library is interested in ordering the DDC 22 or Abridged Edition 14 in print, you will find Pricing information on the online Book Order Form.

For more information about the DDC, please visit Dewey Services.

Dewey on the Web

Now your library can benefit from web-based access to an enhanced version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) database through WebDewey or Abridged WebDewey. OCLC is offering a discounted price to users who join the NEBASE Dewey Group.

WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey, which correspond to the unabridged and abridged print editions, are updated on a quarterly basis, bringing you ongoing updates implemented by the Dewey editorial team almost as soon as they occur. The Web versions also offer additional electronic functionality not available in the print editions to make your classification work more efficient.

To learn more about WebDewey and Abridged WebDewey, sign up for the April 4 NEBASE Hour: Introduction to WebDewey. The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. For more information and to register to attend this session, go to the Nebraska Library Commission Training Portal, and do a keyword search for "WebDewey".

The current WebDewey & Abridged WebDewey Group subscription year runs from January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007. Libraries may join the WebDewey & Abridged WebDewey Group at any time. Midyear subscriptions will be prorated. Orders must be received by the 15th of the month for a start date of the 1st of the following month.

If your library is interested in subscribing to WebDewey or Abridged WebDewey, you will find Pricing information on the online WebDewey Order Form.

To see WebDewey in action, try the OCLC tutorial, Using WebDewey.

If you have any questions about DDC 22, Abridged Edition 14, WebDewey, Abridged WebDewey or the NEBASE Group, please contact Christa Burns, 402-471-3107, or 800-307-2665.

 

February 22, 2007

OCLC WorldCat Collection Analysis Special Offer

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE  

Save $500 when you subscribe to WorldCat Collection Analysis before June 27.

OCLC's web-based WorldCat Collection Analysis is a unique analytical tool that provides the all-important data needed to understand and study your library's subject-matter strengths, gaps and overlaps. It also lets you compare your collections to other library holdings stored in the WorldCat database. Latest enhancements include ILL analysis and new authoritative lists and predefined peer groups.

Sign up today!

Start your WorldCat Collection Analysis subscription before June 27, 2007 and OCLC will waive your set up fee. That's a $500 savings to you!

Learn more about WorldCat Collection Analysis or watch a demonstration of Collection Analysis in action.

Place your order for WorldCat Collection Analysis in the OCLC Online Service Center.

* Offer is not valid for group subscriptions. An individual subscription applies to a single library symbol. Institutions with multiple library symbols need to purchase a subscription for each library symbol. Subscriptions must begin no later than July 1, 2007.

 

Training opportunities for NEBASE Members

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Training  

NEBASE has joined the Network Education Exchange!

The Network Education Exchange (NEE) is a cooperative online training program between NEBASE and other OCLC Regional Networks that offers selected online courses to members of other networks at member rates. The purpose of this program is to provide members with a wider variety of cost-effective workshops in an online format.

To register for any of the NEE workshops, you must:

* Be a staff member at a NEBASE Member Library
* Register directly with the providing network, including creating an account if necessary.
* Pay by credit card.
* Review the registration, attendance policies and technical requirements of the providing network.
* Also, please note time zones, as they may differ from yours.

To see a list of the courses currently offered, visit our [obsolete link removed] Network Education Exchange web page.

New courses will be added to the list on a regular basis, so check back often to see what's available!

 

February 15, 2007

WorldCat Collection Analysis: Best Practices Scenarios

Entry Categories: Cataloging   NEBASE  

WorldCat Collection Analysis: Best Practices Scenarios is a new series of automated demonstrations of how one can use WorldCat Collection Analysis to address common library projects.

OCLC has posted the first scenario, Analyze Collection Gaps, to the WCA webpage.

It can be found on the right sidebar under the heading “Ways to use WorldCat Collection Analysis.” OCLC will continue to announce new scenarios as they are produced.

The second scenario, Digitization Project, will be posted within the month.

 

NEBASE Hour for March: OCLC ILL Policies Directory

Entry Categories: NEBASE   Resource Sharing   Training  

The NEBASE Hour for March 2007 is "OCLC ILL Policies Directory".

The NEBASE Hour is a FREE, monthly, online information session on OCLC products and services. The NEBASE Hour is held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon (Central Time) unless otherwise noted.

The NEBASE Hour is a live presentation, available at no cost, that you will access from your own computer via the Web. Audio is available via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). You may ask any questions you have during the session. The session will be recorded for anyone who may want to see it again or who cannot attend it at the scheduled time. IMPORTANT: Please note that we are using new web conferencing software - Centra. Please read the information below this announcement for details about technical requirements and procedures for accessing live online sessions through Centra.

NEBASE Hour for March 2007: OCLC ILL Policies Directory

March 7, 2007 - 11:00am-12:00pm (Central Time) * Registration Deadline: March 5 *

The OCLC ILL Policies Directory provides users of OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing with a web-based, central source for entering and retrieving policies, billing, system, and contact information for member libraries worldwide. The ILL Policies Directory replaced the Name-Address Directory (NAD) for ILL use only on August 24, 2003.

Attend this session to learn why the Policies Directory is important, how to enter your library's information, and how to read other institutions' ILL Policies Directory information.

The session will be conducted by Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator for NEBASE. Participants will receive 1 hour of CE credit. There is no cost to participate in this session.

For more information and to register to attend this session, please go to our Training Portal.

INTRODUCING CENTRA LIVE! This Online Session will be conducted using Centra Live web conferencing software. For this reason it is crucial that you review the Centra Live technical requirements and perform the recommended Centra system check even if you've successfully attended previous Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions. (Previous sessions used Genesys and Live Meeting software.) Please do this several days in advance of your scheduled session so you have plenty of time to update your system if necessary. Technical requirements (including a link to the system check) and general access instructions are available on the Nebraska Library Commission Online Sessions webpage.

AUDIO NOTE: Audio for Centra Live online sessions will be handled via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, as opposed to a telephone conference call. This means access to a telephone is not required. However, in order to hear the presentation attendees must be using a computer with a sound card and speakers. To ask questions and participate in class discussion, attendees will also need a microphone. If you don't have a microphone for your computer, you may request one from the Nebraska Library Commission by emailing Jeannette Powell at least a week in advance of your session. If only one individual is attending the session from a particular computer, a headset may be used in place of the speakers and microphone.

 

February 14, 2007

Welcome to the New N3!

Welcome Nebraska librarians to the new version of the N3 newsletter.

In the Fall 2006 NEBASE Survey you asked for more timely information, as well as information in the form of a blog. With this new version of the N3, Nebraska Library Commission Network Services News, we are responding to both of these requests.

Previously N3 was published online every other month. Now, it will be continuously updated with content. We will post new items as we write them or as new content is made available to us from OCLC or our other library partners. This should help keep you up to date with everything happening in all areas of Network Services including, NEBASE, OCLC News, Databases, Training, Discounts and more.

Also, you can now subscribe to N3 via an RSS feed and have the posts go directly to your RSS aggregator service. You no longer need to go find our web site, the content will be pushed directly to your own account. You can also provide us or the library community with comments about any N3 post.

We hope this new method of delivery will meet each of your needs. Please let us know what you think of the new N3.

 

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